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Original Art of Wolverine Debut Found

This image released by Heritage Auctions shows original artwork that was used in the Marvel Comics' "The Incredible Hulk" issue #150. The artwork, which shows the first appearance of Wolverine, will be auctioned in May in a sale that will benefit the Hero Initiative, the group that strives to aid comic book creators in times of financial need. Heritage Auctions says the artwork drawn by Herb Trimpe 40 years ago was long thought lost. Wolverine has become one of comics’ enduring and best-known characters, appearing in several solo series and as a member of the X-Men and Avengers, too. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

This image released by Heritage Auctions shows original artwork that was used in the Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk” issue #150. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

The original art for the first appearance of Wolverine of Marvel’s X-Men, will be auctioned in May to benefit the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that aides comic book creators in times of financial need.

Heritage Auctions announced that the artwork drawn by Herb Trimpe 40 years ago for “The Incredible Hulk” No. 180 was long thought lost until the person he gave it to back in 1983 contacted them about selling it.

Todd Hignite, Heritage’s vice president, said he was astounded to see the full-page art in such pristine condition.

“I went out and met with the owner and it wasn’t until I was there and actually saw it that I fully believed it. It’s a pretty amazing thing.”

The owner, who wished to remain anonymous, received the art as a gift from Trimpe. A comic collector, he brought some issues drawn by Trimpe, hoping for an autograph. Trimpe obliged. As he left, the artist told him to wait.

“He ran back upstairs to his studio and he came with this page of artwork in his hands,” Hignite said of ink, graphite and blue drawing with the inscription, “Ben — Best Wishes Herb Trimpe.”

As Wolverine’s appeal and popularity grew — first in comics, then on animated TV shows and, finally, as played by Hughincredible-hulk-180 Jackman in the ongoing X-Men film franchise — issues featuring the character jumped in value. So, too, has original art.

“He’s aware that the market for comic art has gone up to such an incredible amount,” Hignite said of the piece. “He was just kind of nervous having the artwork.”

The issue, written by Len Wein and called “And the Wind Howls Wendigo” is valued at $400 in near-mint condition while issue 181, which is the first, full Wolverine story, is valued at $1,800 in near-mint condition.

The Hero Initiative: Giving back to those who gave so much


Introductory clip to the Hero Initiative © 2000.  

The Hero Initiative is a federally chartered not-for-profit corporation committed to helping comic book creators in financial need. Hero creates a safety net for creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and leads to find paying work.

In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, similar to those that exist in other trades. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has given over $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. Help support this worthy cause and make a donation today by clicking here.

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